On the 3rd cache of the day, we came across a small hill covered in blackberry bushes. I decided to go for it. I just gritted my teeth and in I went! I made it to the top, found the cache, passed it back down the hill for others to sign, replaced the cache, and traveled back down. Ugh. I'm too old for this. One thing I didn't realize is that these scratches actually are so painful that I have chills tonight. When I climbed into the showed, just before taking this photo (you should have seen all of the blood beforehand), I cried as the hot water and soap ran over the wounds.
Now, I'll never get the chance to be a leg model.
Here are some photos of today's grabbings:
These beauties are called "Regal Beans." I love them, since they're purple...and I LOVE the way they turn bright green when cooked! I'll be putting them in a big pot with potatoes, onions, and ham! My grandmother and my mother used to make this big pot of deliciousness often when we were kids, in Oklahoma!
This is a wonderful blend of lettuces (not mesclin mix) that I'll use for a salad tonight! I've made a new "pesto dressing" from the basil and garlic I've been harvesting to make it deeeeeeelicious!
Now, the inside harvest!Here are a few shots of some of the almost-finished rooms in our house! Yippee! I've been sleeping in my own bed for 6 nights now! Our "new" bedroom! Love the colors!
Daughter-who-went-to-college's room: It's now a TV room!
After awhile, I used my cell phone to call my husband, asking him if he'd drive out this way and honk his horn from the roadway off in the distance, so I could at least get closer to the parking spot I'd left my car at. Har-dee-har-har. Finally made it out and headed over to Carnivorous Hippy's house, where we planned the rest of the day's caching!
We did "Blame Game," a cache not too far from my home. It involved scrambling down a sand bank to the Willamette River's Edge and swim-wading across the water to a large dead tree submerged in the water! We did it! It was awesome! Ended up each going home afterwards to change into dry clothes in order to prepare for the next phase of the day.
This phase involved LADDERS! I left my Accord at home, opting to use the Town and Country minivan instead, so I could fit 2 ladders inside. Off we went! We hit "Welcome to Adair," which required climbing 25 feet up into a pine tree to retrieve the cache. I am afraid of heights, so CH ended up making the snag! Then, we hit "Tree Time Shenanigans," which required another change in altitude...but only about 10 feet up. I was able to get this one. Woo-hoo!
From there, we hit a bunch more caches out in the North Albany area and called it a day around 3:10, as I had to be at an appointment. It was great fun and great weather! A nice, cool 72 degrees!
LOVE this site! I'm planning on continuing to work toward being "in shape" by biking and hiking throughout the Fall. This site turned my cookie! I've now created a plan for getting OUT of the house after school gets out and hitting some of these well-described trails!
I miss her so much.
Can you believe it?
3 weeks ago, I was ready to throw her out...literally.
Now, I see she is back to being herself and loves her mom again.
I'm very happy and very proud.
I ventured out into an area I'd never really explored in order to place a new, classic geocache. It's called "Axiom-Stretcher." Heh, heh. I can't wait for someone to find it!
I was particularly taken with one of them...but I won't give out too many details, as I don't want to make it too easy for locals who read this blog to get a free hint!
Basically, one sets out a cache with a rule posted inside...that finders read and follow as they log their find on http://www.geocaching.com/
So, tomorrow, I'll begin designing a cache that mimics what I read about. I'll make a little twist in it, however, cause I'm dumb like that.
I managed to pick up 5 caches today in the rain. I like when Carnivorous Hippy and I manage to discover that the other isn't too busy to get out and snag some finds!
One, in particular, had me stumped for more than 5 previous visits! "Our First Micro," in Corvallis, is one of those caches you groan over, once you find it! Each time I've gone hunting for it, several factors get in the way: it's near a public park, so there are lots of muggles about and it under some pretty big trees, which makes the GPSr bounce all over! However, maybe due to today's rain and heavy cloud cover, I felt I knew right where it'd be as we approached.
The other cache, "Snakes in the Grass," I've looked for 3 times with no luck. Then, I chatted with another cacher a few weeks ago who mentioned "the fort." I'd been in that fort, but not to find the cache, as my GPSr had me on the opposite side of the creek. So, Carnivorous Hippy and I walked to the fort. As I was on my knees, inside, I remembered reading on the logs online that this cache was in a glass jar! CH called our "life-line" buddy, Shawn, and within a few seconds I had the cache in-hand.
I like the way Shawn never gives away too much information. He's good and has a photographic memory. I owe him a 6-pack of Oatmeal Stout. I've GOT to get it to him soon. Pay-day is only 11 days away. I hope he can wait until then!
Anyway, we're planning a Pilgrimage to the very first geocache site, right here in Oregon. We'll also be caravanning up to Seattle to visit Groundspeak Headquarters, the mecca for geocaching.com followers. We're going to hit other significant caches as we wind our way back to our homeland. Pablo Mac has made it clear, however, that we're not going to be stopping for all of the roadside caches nor urban caches so many tend to fall back on. No-sir-ree! He's going all hardcore on us! He's an ex-Marine, who's cell phone actually has a real machine gun firing as its ringtone. It was great to hear the phone ring last night...I jokingly told him it sounded like a fart. He didn't smile. I'll straighten up.
Now, let me be up-front and honest; I am NOT a geek. I just like hanging out with geeks. I'm more of a prankster, who dabbles in obnoxious and teasing behaviors. I get along well with geeks.
Back to the blog title: Ape Cave and Ring of Fire. You truly have to read the following links...truly...so that you can appreciate how much fun it is to be a geocacher! Imagine ropes, cliffs, tunnels, GPS technology, and geeks all in one bundle. That's what the fun is all about!
Hanging this quilt yesterday really brought me joy, as my daughter, coincidentally, left for Colorado State University that same morning. I am beyond proud of her. When I look at this quilt, I'll think about her.
This is one wall in the dining room. The carpet looks very 70's here, doesn't it? I like that it takes on different shades in different light. Hubby had done all of the mouldings in the entire house this past Winter. We like the result!
And, finally, a shot in the living room. We vacuumed with the big Dyson Animal I bought awhile back. Man, it sucks the daylights out of carpet, which is why we like it so much. Remember, we've got 3 big dogs and 1 scrawy cat who sheds year-round.
And, now, we begin returning the furniture to make our house a home again!
This corner gives you a better idea of the living room color.
Here's a view of the dining room. The "Carpet Dude" saved us about $200 by allowing us to park the baby grand in here. See, if he'd been an ass, he would have said, "I won't be able to begin carpeting until this piano is out of here." Then, we would have had to hire those piano-moving-dudes we've hired before to dismantle, load, and move the instrument, for about $100...and then give them another $100 to put it back later on!
Here's the view of the corner in the dining room area. Those are the French Doors we put in last summer!
This is my son's room. He chose "Dandelion Green" for his wall, very rich and very energetic!
Here's his 1969 "Orb Light" that he salvaged when we originally began redoing this home in 2001. This was the original lighting in the dining room.
Here's the ceiling in my daughter's bedroom! Oooo! Ahhh!
Here's look back at the day the plaster guys came. We had to drape every single wall surface in our entire frickin' house in order to protect them from the splattering plaster. If you're super Earth-Conscious, you might want to look away at this point...
Our room is now a deeper purple, much more regal and rich, called "Academy Purple." My son's room is called "Dandelion Green," which is what he picked and it's gorgeous! Our hallways are now "Caramel Sundae," and the living room is now "Geranium Leaf."
Discovered that the Behr Website (we've ALWAYS used Miller Paint, but Home Depot saved us more than $300 on paint, so we just couldn't resist at this point in the redux).
Anyway, on this site, you can type in color choices or names and see samples of what they look like on actual walls! You can even upload a photo of a room in your home and see the color on there! Way cool!
My son began ripping out the carpet. He finished his room, the hallway, and his sister's room! Wow! He's, like, a muscle man now!
Got a call from a principal at another elementary school.
Asked me if I'd consider a position there!
She's going to district office today to speak with other higher-ups.
But, at least I got an ego-boost by being summoned!
I'd LOVE to work at this other school! It's a Title I school, with low-income/high-needs students, teachers who LOVE researched-based strategies, and a principal who absolutely ROCKS!
No matter what happens, everything will be fine. I know that. If I end up staying where I am, so be it.
But...the possibilities are so meaningful to my heart!
It was hot up north. I am at an age where I don't like hot days anymore. I've outgrown the novelty of sweating while out and about. I don't mind sweating while biking or working in the gardens, but don't like the misery of trying to search for a piece of plastic with a piece of paper inside, nestled in a rock pile in the direct sunlight on the edge of a Lowe's parking lot, But, we did it anyway.
Anway, realized something about myself that I've sort of known could be an OCD issue, but am now completely aware that it's really true! I HATE when folks misspell words and use horrid grammar...and completely ignore punctuation when they list a geocache online! I went to high school in McMinnville, so I realize that it's not exactly a hot-bed of highly educated writers, but, for gawd's sake, what in the WORLD are some folks thinking? When I read someone's ongoing blabbering about crap (i.e. "i was out driving around town today in my car with nothing to do so i thought i'd put out a geocache for people to find in a plac that lots and lots and lots of other peopl come to so better watch out and stay away from 'em cause there muggles who want to tak the caches i put out and that is verrrrrrry bad and when you find it dont forget to put the time youfoudn it cause i like to no when it gets finded so make sure you put that in when you are on the site or else.") UGH!!!!!
Anyway, the day was fun and I met a new friend. Plus, got to spend time with Carnivorous Hippy, which hasn't happened, really, in awhile, as she's been down-and-out with one of the worst cases of FPO I've ever seen! She is recovering now, but her arm reminds me of a burn victim I once knew.
I got home, ate dinner with my kids, watered potted plants, fed the dogs, picked 2 gallons of blueberries, logged my finds, and am now ready to watch some TV.
Yea for Oregon!